High blood pressure is no more a rare condition. In fact, even people in their early 20s are prone to the risks of high blood pressure. Thus, high blood pressure is not a matter that can be taken lightly; it is a matter that demands urgent attention. In the absence of proper treatment, high blood pressure can lead to grave problems like heart attacks, strokes and circulatory diseases.
What causes high blood pressure?
The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known. However, several factors and conditions may play a role in its development. These include:
There are two important components in blood pressure readings. These include the systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number). Here is a list of what each level indicates:
The exercises prescribed by physiotherapists are patient specific i.e. different combinations are used for each patient. Physical therapists also help you stay motivated and healthy, as a long-term solution. Sometimes exercises are also prescribed to reduce weight of patients.
Other methods used for reducing high blood pressure include stress relief and massages. For patients who suffer from high blood pressure mainly due to anxiety and stress, massages can be a powerful weapon in lowering blood pressure readings. This is because massages work by reducing steroid hormones, a good indicator of stress levels.
Physical therapy at HCR
The physical therapy techniques used at HCR are always the latest with cutting edge practices and technology. At HCR, we believe in the use of a combination of techniques such as electrotherapy, ultrasound, ice, heat and massages to achieve the desired results.
Pusher syndrome is a postural disorientation related disorder that is most commonly found in stroke patients. During this condition, the left or the right brain of the patient is damaged. This causes the patient to actively push away from the unaffected side, leading to a loss of postural balance. It most commonly occurs due to disruption in sensory channels.
When patients are affected by pusher syndrome, they often have the tendency of unconsciously pushing towards their affected side. Thus, rehabilitation is crucial to correct this disorder.
How physiotherapy can help pusher syndrome patients
The first goal of physiotherapy for patients suffering from pusher syndrome is to make them realize their misconception of vertical. The next important goal is to increase their base support so that their anxiety can be lowered and stability can be improved. Next, steps are taken to encourage weight bearing on the unaffected side and away from the weaker (affected) side. This is done to restore symmetry of the body.
Thus, the treatment procedure adopted by physiotherapy mainly aims at making the patients realize their altered perception of vertical, improve their stability, use visual aids for generating feedbacks on body orientation, learn new movements and alter existing postures in such a manner that the correct vertical position can be achieved.
How do physiotherapists do this? They make use of visual feedback. Through visual feedback, the ability of patients to align themselves is encouraged. Spatial awareness is also created in patients. Physiotherapists generally use mirror or doorframes or any such vertical frames for generating visual feedback.
Like every other disease, if neglected, pusher syndrome can be a serious problem. Patients would be so inclined towards pushing them to the affected area, that they may lose balance completely and fall.
Hence, treatment in the form of visual feedback, therapy and other training procedures will not only help in curing the patient from the ailment but will also help them lead an independent life. For more details on pusher syndrome, contact us at HCR.
We all know massages are great. We get to relax when the massage therapist puts his or her effort to release the tension present in your body. Not only are massage therapies relaxing, they have various physical and emotional benefits as well. The whole procedure makes you feel pampered and at bliss, with the kind of ambience, different aromas and soothing music, you feel out of the world.
Massage can be a powerful and an effective weight-loss tool as well. It improves your body’s resilience, aids muscle nutrition and flexibility, and supports your mental and emotional well-being. Massage therapy can take your weight-loss plan to a whole new level. However, nothing comes easy. You have to make some lifestyle changes if you want to see the results.
Massage reduces recovery time
An individual who works out a lot, can really benefit from massage therapy.
This style of massage is sometimes referred to as post-event massage and is carried out with the aim of clearing any lactic acid and other by-products of respiration that have built up in the muscles whilst you were exercising. Sports massage therapies are particularly effective for weight loss.
Massage reduces stress
Stress is one of the major causes that make people overeat and has been a major contributing factor in your weight gain as well. By default, if stress levels are reduced then weight-loss is more likely to happen. It uplifts your mood, which motivates you to take further initiative to loose weight. You may want to consider relaxation or remedial massage to help you calm down, stop worrying and possibly help you break any emotional eating habits that you might have engaged in.
Massage promotes blood circulation
Being overweight can affect your blood circulation. This can clog up blood flow, which leads to buildup of metabolic waste. A full body massage will improve your circulation and provide your blood, rich nutrients and oxygen to your tissues, and also removes the waste products of metabolism. These waste products are removed via the kidneys.
Massage improves muscle tone
Regular massage therapy will help remove tension and stress points, aid relaxation, and where vigorous massage is applied (for example lower back) it can also improve the appearance of cellulite. Massage will break up fat cells and then "flush" them out.
There are various types of massages that deal with weight-loss, such as:
Massage therapy for weight-loss aims at working the muscles in a manner that is equivalent to a workout. However, it is always good to go to the park for some exercise, every now and then. Massage and exercise are both great and both can leave you feeling good. Contact professional therapists to book a therapeutic massage session.
Toe walking, as the name suggests, is ideally a way of walking on the ball of the foot. It is a fairly common condition experienced by children who have just started to walk.
Most children overcome toe-walking, but there are some children who continue to walk on their toes, even after being trained to walk properly. This is mainly because of developing such a habit over time. However, sometimes this maybe a symptom of cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or other muscle or nerve related diseases.
How physiotherapy can help?
Idiopathic toe walking is a minor problem, if not accompanied by other ailments. Thus, simple physiotherapy sessions that focus on stretching exercises are effective on getting rid of the habit.
One of the most commonly used stretching techniques is making the child stand with the forefoot elevated on a small block so that the toes remain uplifted. Then, with some external support, the child is made steady and gentle pressure is added to the stretching process.
The second most commonly used technique involves making the child stand leaning forward against a counter, while the feet and knees are held straight. Once the child is steady on the feet, the hips are also extended. This helps in strengthening the Achilles tendons.
Another common method used for stretching is serial casting. In this process, the child is swaddled with a below-the-knee plaster so that knee and feet are flexed. Once the cast is set, it provides a comfortable stretch on the Achilles tendons and also strengthens the knees.
Like mentioned before, idiopathic toe walking is an ailment that does not require much assistance. However, neglecting the problem can lead to serious posture related problems.
For further assistance, contact our physiotherapy experts in Edmonton. They’ll give all the relevant insights and assistance you need.
Torticollis is a condition that occurs when the muscle that runs up and towards the back of the neck becomes tight, weakened or thickened, causing the head to tilt. This disease that affects infants is generally diagnosed within the first 2 months of their life. However, there have been exceptions where torticollis was diagnosed in adults as well.
Types of torticollis
There are 5 basic forms of torticollis:
The role of physiotherapy
Regardless of the patient’s age, physical therapy is the primary treatment for all forms of torticollis. This is because physical therapy has treatments dedicated to address the impairments that are caused by torticollis.
The treatment procedures adopted to treat these ailments aim to strengthen neck muscles, correct muscle imbalance, gain pain-free movement and improve postural control and symmetry. For these purposes, various stretching exercises, massages, positioning and taping are used. While other forms of treatment are available, it is always advisable to treat the different types of torticollis condition using physiotherapy, because unlike other medical treatments, physiotherapy has no side effects.
What kind of physiotherapist do I visit?
Generally, all physical therapists are prepared through education and experience to treat a variety of conditions, including torticollis. However, if you want extra care for your condition, consider the following options:
For more assistance and information on torticollis, contact your nearest physiotherapist.
Everybody experiences stress one point in time in their entire lifetime. It is a part of life for humans. And it’s completely normal to be stressed out at times. However too much of anything is not good, especially when it’s about stress. Too much stress can negatively affect an individual’s overall life. Stress is considered a risk factor for many chronic diseases, and can make your symptoms worse.
But do not fret being stress out, there is an ancient method of relieving stress that has been tried, tested and confirmed. Massage therapy is one of the most popular remedies for stress relief.
Massage therapy and stress
Stress relief is one of the first benefits that come to mind when thinking of massage therapy. It's also a key component for anyone trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle and taking care of your body should be at the top of your priorities. By adding therapeutic massage to your routine now, you'll feel, look and simply be healthier far into the future. In fact, stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind. In addition to stress relief, ongoing massage therapy can reduce pain, increase energy levels and improve overall physical and mental performance.So what better way to prep for a long, happy life than a relaxing, therapeutic massage?
Massage therapy encompasses many techniques. Some techniques require the client to undress and cover under sheets during the session, while with others the client remains clothed. The massage therapist may use her hands, elbows or feet to administer the treatment. The main forms of massage include Swedish, deep tissue, sports, reflexology and trigger point. Some forms of massage use oils and others use warm stones to release tension and promote relaxation.
The benefits of massage therapy
Massage therapy has many long-term benefits. Lets take a look at some:
Massage helps you shift your thoughts away from everyday worries and allows your body and mind to relax
Massage therapy helps you feel that you're in control over your health and plays an active role in managing chronic illnesses
Massage therapy also helps relieve your muscle tension
Massage may help restore normal blood circulation, improves immune system activity and plays a role in restoring normal digestive system function
Stress can bring down the best of us. And we all love massages, so what better way to relieve stress then to just sit back, relax, and let a professional masseuse do what they do best. To help you eliminate stress from your body and mind, you should contact our team of expert massage therapists. They will make sure to get rid of all the tensed spots in your body, and help all your nerves relax.
Bell palsy is a type of facial paralysis that causes weakness on one side of the face. The main reason cited for this is damage to the facial nerve that controls muscles. Consequently, the face droops, there is a loss of taste and change in the system of producing saliva and tears.
What causes Bell’s palsy?
Bell’s palsy is one of the few diseases that occur overnight and gets better own its own. The causes for this disease are still vague. However, the most common cause is the herpes virus that causes cold sores. Often, inflammation of facial nerves is also suspected to be a major cause.
Physiotherapy for Bell’s palsy-
Most people who have suffered from Bell’s palsy have recovered completely within one or two months, especially the ones who were diagnosed in the early stages.
Here is how physiotherapy deals with Bell’s palsy:
A common exercise used to relax cheeks involves putting the thumb inside the mouth to pull the cheek down and forward. After repeating this action for good 10 seconds, shift the position towards the center and repeat the same procedure. Next, move even further towards the center, if in the process you find a thin sore point, hold pressure at that spot for 15-20 seconds. This will help in relaxing the spasm.
Close your lips and lightly pucker them. While doing this, observe if there is any unwanted eye muscle movement. Getting hold of unwanted movement is not easy and so this step needs to be repeated a number of times till the eye starts becoming involved. Once that is done, focus on relaxing the muscle around the eye.
To control eye movement, practice speaking in front of the mirror. Start on a low pitch and then work your way up. For maximum results, emphasis on words involving alphabets as M, B, F and P. Here, it is necessary to make sure that your eyelids are open while you talk.
Widen your eyes
This exercise is mainly used to improve eye movements. In this exercise, eyes are wide opened to the highest possible limit without raising the eyebrows or letting lower lid pull up for a period of 15 seconds.
Smiling is an excellent practice for people suffering from Bell’s palsy. Start on a low scale and focus on the lower lid. Try to locate the point where the muscle starts to move. After that, concentrate on the smile in your mind and then let your mouth follow it. At a point where the eyelid is not involved, hold the smile. This will help in controlling mouth movements.
Move your eyebrows
Raise your eyebrows evenly on both sides, until the corner of the mouth starts to move. Once the mouth starts to move, stop and hold for 15 seconds while focusing on relaxing the muscles around the mouth. This is also a highly effective practice.
While these exercises can be performed at home, getting professional help is always advisable. They will not only help you in treating the problem effectively through a combination of techniques but will also help in diagnosing the problem further preventing its recurrence.
The abnormal curvature of the spine is called scoliosis. It can be a curve indented to the right or left and commonly attacks individuals who have completed their growth cycle. In extreme cases, the spinal cord can be twisted or even rotated.
1. Congenital scoliosis – Generally arises from bone abnormality present at birth.
2. Neuromuscular scoliosis - A common consequence of abnormal muscles or nerves. Neuromuscular scoliosis is also common among people who suffer from cerebral palsy.
3. Degenerative scoliosis - A result of traumatic injuries in the back or osteoporosis.
4. Idiopathic scoliosis – The most common type of scoliosis and occurs without any identifiable cause.
How physiotherapy treats the problem
Scoliosis is often defined as a process that involves a vicious cycle of pain. Once a person is affected by scoliosis, he tends to experience change in the bone shape and its overall orientation. Consequently, pain is a constant element in this disease.
As with most back pains, increasing the strength and mobility of the back can both relieve pain and prevent future pain. Here, physiotherapy is extremely useful, as through its curve, specific exercises not only help the patient in decreasing the influence of gravity and effect of uneven muscle pull, but also helps in cutting down weight. Weight loss is an integral aspect of scoliosis treatment because the heavier the person the more load it tends to put on the spine. Exercises outlined for scoliosis also help in reprogramming the body into a more symmetrical posture.
Often, water therapy is also used to treat scoliosis. Through water therapy gravity is counterbalanced by body’s buoyancy. This helps in improving muscle conditions and fast recovery.
Another treatment method used involves applying moist heat to painful areas in combination with non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medication. Sometimes physiotherapists also adopt treatment methods used in osteoporosis to cure scoliosis.
Why physiotherapy is the best option?
Given today’s advanced medical techniques, the chances of completely being cured of scoliosis without any complications are high. However, such treatment procedures are not always successful, in fact sometimes they even have adverse effects. For example, spinal fusion is an irreversible procedure and if during the procedure any mistakes have been committed, it can cause more trouble to the patient than curing the patient’s pain.
This is where physiotherapy clinches its importance. Physiotherapy as a science is free of side effects. Another advantage is that physiotherapy doesn’t just solve the problem temporarily, instead it remedies the problem and even prevents it from recurring.
So, if you are going through scoliosis or you know of someone who is and want to help them, give us a call and let our professional physiotherapists come to your rescue.
Chest physical therapy is a term for a group of treatments designed to improve efficiency in the respiratory system and promote expansion of the lungs.
It primarily involves removing of secretions from the lungs. For some, it is a short-term treatment, while for others it may be a long- term treatment that involves performing certain techniques regularly.
Common ailments requiring chest physical therapy
There are many lung related diseases, which if not treated properly can lead to serious problems. These include cystic fibrosis, asthma, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and various immunodeficiency disorders.
Such diseases can also further lead to recurrent episodes of inflammation, respiratory infections, lung damage, increased production of excess mucus, and airway obstruction. Consequently, the treatment involved aims to make the patient efficient to breathe without exerting too much effort.
Purpose of chest physical therapy
Chest physical therapy is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of an inefficient clearance of airway secretions. Through chest physical therapy, physiotherapists aim to remove excess mucus and help patients breathe more freely.
Thus, depending on the seriousness of the situation, chest physical therapy can be used as a treatment method for anyone from children to adults.
Techniques used in chest physical therapy
Positioning the patient correctly from side to side permits lung expansion. Thus, positioning of the patient plays an integral role in recovery.
Generally, a person should be positioned every two hours for a period of three minutes. If the patient is bedridden, the head of the bed can also be raised to promote better flow.
Deep breathing and coughing
When in treatment, deep breaths once in a while is necessary. This promotes expansion of lungs and also strengthens cough.
Coughing, on the other hand, helps to break up secretions in the lungs to create a path for mucus to be suctioned out.
Both deep breaths and coughs are repeated several times a day, to get rid of mucus out as fast as possible.
Postural drainage is a process of removing mucus by using the force of gravity. This involves draining secretions from small airways into the central airway, where it is either coughed or suctioned out.
Here, positioning is necessary because in this process cough is released through the biggest airway. Thus, if the patient is not positioned correctly, only small quantities of mucus can be coughed out. This further increases the duration of treatment.
Very often, percussion and vibration are performed in conjunction with postural drainage.
Percussion is the process of rhythmically striking the chest wall with cupped hands. This helps in breaking up thick secretions that are stored in every segment of the lungs and generally takes about 2-3 minutes.
Nowadays, mechanical percussors are also used, especially in cases involving children.
Vibration is usually performed using mechanical devices or manually. When done manually, the person performing the procedure places his or her hands against the patient’s chest and creates vibrations by quickly contracting and relaxing arm and shoulder muscles.
This process is done to further break down lung secretions and is often combined with percussions.
Flutter valve is a mucus clearance device that looks like a pipe containing an inner core of steel. It is generally used to create vibrations in the airway walls to loosen secretions.
This process is not applicable in all conditions and thus is performed only on patients above the age of five.
Thus, chest physical therapy is a proven form of physiotherapy that has not only cured people of their ailments but has also helped in preventing them from recurring.
None of us are immortal or immune to injury. Thus, understanding a problem when it is getting out of hand and knowing whom to contact is necessary.
Here are top situations that require the assistance of physiotherapists -
Chronic injuries often last for more than six months and are recurring in nature. Thus, seeking a physiotherapist’s assistance at the initial stages can help reduce the frequency of recurrence.
Visiting a physiotherapist can also help rehabilitate from chronic injury, prevent long-term complications and also speed up the process of recovery.
Minor injuries, if left untreated can cause considerable amount of discomfort. Thus, treating such injuries with the help of a physiotherapist is important. This will not only relieve you from the constant pain but can also prevent recurrence of injury.
Persistent neck, back or shoulder pain
Pain in the neck, back or shoulder can often be signs of secondary complications. Hence, if you experience persistent pain in these areas, visiting a physiotherapist can be of great help.
They will not only help you in recovering from the ailment but will also provide adequate reasons as to why it occurred at the first place.
Physiotherapy is highly effective in curing respiratory related problems like Asthma, Bronchitis and Emphysema. Thus, when people suffer from such conditions, visiting a physiotherapist is highly useful.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that leaves the body tender and full of pain. Often, physiotherapy is the only way to get rid of the pain and inflammation involved in this ailment.
Physiotherapists are professionals who are trained to relieve muscle fatigue and improve mobility through a number of therapies.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disease that can only be treated completely through a surgery.
However, in the recent times, physiotherapy through its range of exercises has proved to be highly effective in reducing the effect of pain and numbness on the patient. Physiotherapy can also be effective in providing valuable treatment to alleviate symptoms.
The change that physiotherapy can bring about post surgery is significant. It can improve mobility, help healing the affected areas after the surgery faster. If physiotherapy exercises are performed regularly, the recurrence of the ailment can completely be neglected.
Intermittent or recurring pain
Commonly caused by an untreated minor injury, intermittent pain can be infrequent and mild, or persistent and debilitating. Either way, it will need to be treated by a professional in order to be corrected.
Here, a physiotherapist can help you through diagnosing the cause of the pain correctly and by treating it to cure the condition permanently.
So, if you are experiencing any of the above conditions, there are a number of professionals in Edmonton who are available for private treatments, whether they require long-term therapy or one off sessions.
Movement is at the heart of everything that we love to do, and if we cannot participate to the fullest in the activities that we love, simply because of difficulties in movement, then you need to undergo physical therapy sessions.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a branch of science that deals with rehabilitative health through the use of specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities.
However, today, physical therapy means different things to different people. For some, it’s just a way to help those who find themselves in excruciating pain, while for others it is the pathway to get rid of obstacles that limit them from leading a normal life.
Approaches to physical therapy
The rehabilitative treatment procedure differs from patient to patient. Some of these approaches are mentioned below:
Movement and exercise
Physical therapy makes use of therapeutic exercises that are designed to increase mobility and strength, to improve the functioning of affected areas in the body. Studies have revealed that people who have practiced exercises as prescribed by the physiotherapists have successfully been cured of major diseases like strokes and paralysis.
In addition to exercises, physical therapy also makes extensive use of therapy to cure ailments in their patients. These include manual, ice, heat and ultrasound therapies.
Acupuncture and dry needling are also commonly used to relieve patients from excruciating pain.
How physiotherapy has changed lives
For a patient suffering from strokes and paralysis
This is an inspirational case of how a patient who suffered from a major stroke and paralysis got rid of the problem without even leaving traces of it. The patient, who lived with paralysis for over a year, walks without any support today and, for this, he gives all the credit to his physiotherapist. Through physical therapy’s strict treatment procedures that involved exercises and therapies in various forms, the patient was completely cured of the ailment. After his speedy recovery, he feels that there is no giving up because our bodies are never too old, frail or damaged to the point beyond repair.
For a patient suffering from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Joyce’s condition is one that she describes to be highly painful. In her initial days of pain, she thought she wouldn’t ever be able to even hold a key. This completely altered her lifestyle. After years of suffering, just when she was about to give up completely, Joyce gave physical therapy a chance. Today, she admits, it is one of the wisest decisions that she ever made. Physical therapy not only relieved her of the symptoms of this disease but also helped her in living a life that she had given up on.
Like mentioned before, physical therapy is different for different people and the difference is merely in terms of the impact that it leaves on people’s life. Today, physiotherapy is not only effective in curing ailments, but it is also used to maintain a healthy lifestyle.